Friday, April 3, 2015

Flight of Faith (Virtues and Valor, Part 7) by Hallee Bridgeman

Title: Flight of Faith (Virtues and Valor, Part 7)
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Pages: 110 (approximately)
Year:  2015
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novella through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     HELEN MULBERRY, the youngest child and only daughter of a wealthy Texas oil tycoon, has always had her every wish granted immediately. When the Germans march into France, no one denies her request to fly her plane to England and help free up a male pilot for combat. Her father’s influence opens doors, and 19 year old Helen joins the Virtues team.

     Now under the code-name FAITH, she flies between Britain and France, transporting passengers, supplies, or performing reconnaissance. The Nazis guard their skies with vigor, and Helen learns to fly in combat, land in a field with no lights, and evade the anti-aircraft fire. She masterfully takes on each mission, despite the perceptions and chauvinistic attitudes of many of the male pilots.

     Shot down over France during the mission to rescue the agent code named TEMPERANCE from the clutches of the Gestapo, Helen must make her way through enemy territory with no language skills and somehow come through with a means to get her team back to Britain. Can she save them, or will they all find that they have no way out?

     FLIGHT OF FAITH is the final episode in seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.

     Seven valorous women – different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds – come together as a team called the Virtues.

     In 1941 Great Britain has a special war department that assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

     Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

My review:

     The incredible conclusion of this serialized novel!

     In this final part of the Virtues and Valor series we finally get to find out about Helen Mulberry, code named Faith. She is the pilot for the team and we have already seen snippets of the work that she does in each of the previous parts of the story. I love the way that Hallee developed this character and introduced us to her family. It was wonderful to find out where she learned to love flying. When she first tells her family that she is going to England to help in the fight again Germany she tells them point blank, “I feel God calling me.” This establishes immediately where she is placing her faith. She never wavers from that which is so encouraging.

     I thoroughly enjoyed getting the final pieces of the puzzle put in place for the overall story. I am absolutely amazed that Hallee was able to build seven separate stories, and yet have all of them fit together into one larger picture. She has done an excellent job of crafting this amazing serialized novel to entertain us. It was wonderful to find out so much about the contribution of women to WWII in reading the “Inspired by Real Events” sections at the end of each part.

     I cannot recommend this entire series any higher than I am. I really feel that it is one of the very best stories I have ever read for entertainment. It has truly encouraged me to do more research into the contribution of women to WWII. I’m giving this final part of the story the same 5 star rating that I have given each of the previous six parts.

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